When we look at the world today we see many different governments that have many different effects on the people and the economy of the nations that they preside over. There are nations that are in abject poverty and there are nations that are wealthy. There are many reasons for the disparity between these nations. Some lack natural resources that help drive an economy. Many lack educational means to properly educate the masses. Some have governments that believe that it is the government’s responsibility to supply the needs of the masses. Some nations allow the people to develop means of supplying their own needs through innovative methods such as farming, manufacturing, and all other forms of entrepreneurship. These nations are usually the most prosperous. The nations where the government takes on the role of being the peoples source for everything have always produced the poorest and least educated nations. The key to all of this is education. The less education a person has the more he will depend on the government for his needs.
When the Founders of the United States formed our government they were well aware of what governments worked well and which governments didn’t. There were some good aspects of many of the governments that were around at that time but for the most part all these governments benefited the governments more than the people. Our Founders wanted a government that was more beneficial to the people than the government. All of our Founding Fathers believed that some government was needed for the protection of the people and national security, but they also believed that a limited government was the best government. Thomas Jefferson stated: “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government.”
Large governments were not effective and always benefits government. Democracies have built in destructive features because it takes all of the people being involved all of the time for it to function even somewhat effectively and it lends itself to be open to tyranny of the majority. Benjamin Rush said, in the year 1789: "A simple democracy ... is one of the greatest of evils" and James Madison said, in 1787, "Democracies have ever been spectacles of turbulence and contention; have ever been found incompatible with personal security, or the rights of property; and have, in general, been as short in their lives as they have been violent in their deaths," and John Adams is reported to have stated in 1814 "Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide".
To have a government that was totally of the people, by the people and for the people had never been tried before. In taking the best parts of some governments along with understanding that our rights as humans are rights given by God and not by man they gave us a Constitutional Republic with balanced sharing of powers and checks & balances keeping the progression of tyranny in check, for the most part, for many years. James Madison stated in The Federalist No. 14 "...in a democracy, the people meet and exercise the government in person; in a republic, they assemble and administer it by their representatives and agents. A democracy, consequently, will be confined to a small spot. A republic may be extended over a large region.” The author of the First Amendment, Fisher Ames stated: “A democracy is a volcano which conceals the fiery materials of its own destruction. These will produce an eruption and carry desolation in their way.”.......
Patrick Henry stated a sound philosophy that has faded into history
that needs to be revisited: "I know, sir, how well it becomes a liberal
man and a Christian to forget and forgive. As individuals professing
a holy religion, it is our bounden duty to forgive injuries done to us as
individuals. But when to the character of Christian you add patriot, you are in a different situation. Our mild and holy system of religion inculcates an admirable maxim of forbearance. If your enemy smite you on the cheek, turn the other to him. But you must stop there. You cannot apply this to your country. As members of a social community, this maxim does not apply to you. When you consider injuries done to your country, your political duty tells you of vengeance. Forgive as a private man, but never forgive public injuries. Observations of this nature are exceedingly unpleasant, but it is my duty to use them."
America is being attacked from within. Our religious heritage has been deemed unconstitutional to teach. Our real American history has been revised and most of what is being taught are half truths and in some cases outright lies.
The people we elect to represent us ignore the will of the people and our constitutional rights are being taken from us almost daily. We must learn from where we came to know where we are going. This book is the first of a series of three books that examines our Christian roots and how our Christian principles created the greatest nation the world has ever seen, or ever will see. It will take adherence to those very principles to bring this nation back to what God intended for us to be.
- Roger Anghis
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When one considers the massive amount of work that Roger Anghis has expended to bring this book to the American public… the question arises …. Why? What first comes to my mind is the most basic of Christian motives found in John 8:32 "ye shall know the truth and the truth will make you free." Much to our disadvantage, in our beloved America, has the truth about our founding and our true history been ridiculed, reviled, revised, and then ignored. We are not a better people as a result. It is my fervent prayer and my sincere hope that Roger's book will have a wide and immediate readership. All those who read it will pass it and its contents on to others. As a good Christian and patriot, although "his trade" has not been writing, Roger could not and would not sit by and have his faith in CHRIST denied, our country devalued unto judgment and fallen from grace. When one man stands up he stiffens other men's spines! Noah Webster one of the founders of American education certainly would applaud your efforts here as he encouraged the teaching of all children Bible and American providential history. Thank you brother and compatriot Roger, I salute you and I know our posterity will also. I will have no other king but KING JESUS… Someone has stolen my country (for most certainly I have not given her away) and I want her back now!
Garrett Lear "The Patriot Pastor", Sanbornville, NH
Discovering America’s Christian Heritage COMING SOON!
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I would hope that after reading this book you would realize just how far we have drifted from the foundations that were established by our Founding Fathers so many years ago. Their system was not perfect; it only required men and women that would adhere the teachings of Christ. Remembering the words of Patrick Henry: “It cannot be emphasized too clearly and too often that this nation was founded, not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religion, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Christianity was the foundation upon which our Founders built this great nation. Practiced Christianity developed a character that caused America to become the most powerful and most prosperous nation this world has ever seen. John Adams stated: “We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.” We have lost the desire to uphold that which is good. We have become a society that is more interested in what the government can do for us than what we can do for ourselves.
Will we ever get back to the great nation we once were? That will only be answered in time. It will depend on whether we decide to return to our roots, return to the morals that our Founders lived by. Return to the desire to live for God instead of ourselves. Our Founders knew that without God they would not be able to do anything. The days of prayer and fasting that were called for during the Revolutionary War were numerous and from the heart because they knew that without the Hand of God, they would have no victories.
We can see that God had His Hand in the raising up of America otherwise how could a ragtag army of farmers and shopkeepers defeat the greatest and most powerful army in the world? The Founders risked everything they had for the cause of freedom and today we take that freedom for granted like it will always be there. Thomas Jefferson declared that freedom was not free when he stated “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.” Our duty to preserve what they paid such a high price for was paramount to his generation. Jefferson said: "Honor, justice, and humanity, forbid us tamely to surrender that freedom which we received from our gallant ancestors, and which our innocent posterity have a right to receive from us. We cannot endure the infamy and guilt of resigning succeeding generations to that wretchedness which inevitably awaits them if we basely entail hereditary bondage on them."
This last century witnessed the loss of many of the freedoms the Founders fought and died for. This last century we have seen the roots of socialism take hold and we now have a majority of people in Congress that are marching toward that end. Our Founders believed that each man was to take care of himself and his family with little government intrusion but today 1 in 7 people are totally dependent on government. The government is trying to put all aspects of our lives under their control. Will they succeed? Only if men do nothing to stop them. Edmund Burke said, "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." Allowing a government to have total control over us is evil. They will tell us what to eat, how to eat it, what we can drive, where we can drive and how often we can drive there. They will tell us when we can worship and even who we can worship. They will tell us what we can do for a living and how much we can make. Our president recently stated that at some point you have made enough money. This, my friends is not the freedom our Founders fought and died for. This is not the freedom I was born into and it is not the freedom that I want to pass on to my children and grandchildren. I will forever stand with Patrick Henry: “Is life so dear or peace so sweet as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!”